How do you take care of little ones and yourself too? Have you found it a challenge to stay looking cute and stylish after you had kids? I asked five of my mommy friends how they stayed put together after babies! I love these tips!! Check them out, after the jump!
Shirk the trends 1 of 5It's all a matter of time. I try to spend less than a half-hour getting ready. Which means less make-up, lots of topknots and a fuss-free wardrobe.
I don't care so much getting my outfit just right or partaking in the latest trends. I would rather buy classic, timeless items of clothing and stick with pretty everyday jewelry. I do find that I spend more per article of clothing, but overall I spend less because I am not so caught up with what's in the window at the moment.
Traci French of Bliss.
Stock up on classics 2 of 5I buy clothes that fit well, in colors that I know suit me and with minimal patterns. I have learned that it is very wise to buy more than one when I find a piece that looks great on me, fits me well and is in my budget.
Hopefully it comes in more than one color or if it is a basic like jeans, then I will simply buy multiples of it. For example, the dress I am wearing in this feature also came in a coral color. Since it can work for many events, it was a good investment for me.
Jessica Nichols of Sweet Eventide Photography.
Invest in accessories 3 of 5I find that if you have a great bag, some good jewlery and a fun pair of shoes even jeans and a t-shirt will look pulled together. In the fall I love patterned scarves, bright lipstick and cute boots to make the gray Portland days a little bit more fun. And I try to invest in a stylish coat, because you can throw it over just about anything and look great.
Living with children is messy, so I almost always stick to cotton and clothes that can get thrown in the wash. I love silk, but have no time for stains and dry cleaning! Everything has to be wash-and-wear. Finally, comfort! For comfort and style, Frye's are my go-to for shoes and boots — they are an investment but they stand the test of time and look better with age. I feel the same about my Coach bags. They never go out of style and I can take then anywhere.
Anna Joyce of Anna Joyce Design.
Know what looks good on you 4 of 5I think knowing what looks good on you and stocking up on those basics is a time-saver as a mom. I favor neutral clothes with little pops of color, which makes it easy to mix and match.
The main challenge for dressing as a mom has to do with budget. Now that I have children to clothe and care for I feel like I am more thoughtful about adding pieces to my wardrobe. Every year I purchase a few "trendy" items, but the majority of my clothing is classic pieces with clean lines and pretty details or texture, things I will wear for years. I also like to sew dresses and tops for myself, which saves me money and allows me to have one-of-a-kind pieces in my wardrobe.
Sally Shim of Sallyjshim.com.
Photo by Bonnie Tsang.
Trust that you’ll find your happy place 5 of 5Honestly, it took me quite some time to feel pretty and stylish again. Some moms lose the baby weight quickly and easily, bouncing back into their old clothes ... but I literally had to work may ass off. The first few months I did not care since I was sleep-deprived and just in awe of this new little person. But after a while I got sick of looking at myself in the mirror and not recognizing the reflection.
Every time I got dressed I would get so frustrated, sometimes even mad. It wasn't until I got my body back that I also started to love clothes again and started to feel like I was true to my style. Now time is a luxury. Every time saving shortcut makes my day easier and happier. So I make sure that my clothes can go from work to play to a dinner with just a few changes.
Joanna Swanson of Simple Blueprint
Top photos: Bonnie Tsang. All other photos from respective sources.
Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!
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